Saturday, June 28, 2008

Open 4-H Horse Show

Today was a great day for a horse show... except for the short thunderstorm, but we had already gotten our horses home by the time that rolled through.

We got to the fair grounds at about 7:00 as the show started at 8 and I wanted to enter the first class, western type at halter. I chose to take Rem in a halter class just to get some exposure and so there was no pressure on me to do any performing (like there would be in a showmanship class). I figured I'd be less upset if he danced around during a class where it seems manners don't play much of a role. However, I was pleasantly surprised when he performed like a veteran. Showing outside is a piece of cake compared to showing in a coliseum full of 8,000 people!

I took my mare in showmanship, and we did okay. It was my own fault that we didn't place higher because I screwed up my boxes in Sr. Showmanship, and then in Open Showmanship, our back was very crooked, and I almost forgot to do it all together. So... we ended up placing 5th in Sr. out of 7, and 5th in Open out of 10-12, not real sure how many there were in that one.
Trail class went well for both horses. Riskie did really well considering I rode her in a curb bit, and she really hasn't worn one for more than a few rides. I placed 2nd with her. Remington did great as well, but I didn't do a few of the loping and trotting sequences because I just didn't want to push him. He placed 6th in Sr. Trail. The class had a total of 8 participants.

I was also surprised to see a mustang I recognized! Josie, trained by Dena Plendl made an appearance at the show with her new owner. They did English type at halter and placed 6th. She was also in my Sr. Showmanship classed where she placed 6th as well.

Here are a few photos from today!

Chocolate, Aubrey, me and Riskie

Me and Rem before halter class. Yes, I showed him in the rope halter,
and I didn't wear a hat either!

Risk and I warming up for Egg and Spoon. We placed 6th in that class. She has the
smoothest trot, but we always lose it at the lope...

And here is Josie! I recognized her unusual face marking before I saw
her double brand. She is a very memorable horse, that's for sure!

I will have video to share once it uploads on Youtube... It seems to be taking longer than normal tonight.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Busy weekend ahead

As I stated in my comments, I have been just plain lazy these past few weeks! Lazy about blogging, lazy about painting, and even a little lazy about working my horses. Hopefully that won't bite me in the butt tomorrow, because I am taking Rem and my mare, Riskie, to the annual open 4-H show tomorrow.

I am only going to do a few classes, showmanship and trail, but that's plenty for me. I just show for fun, so I try not to do too many classes, especially ones that I know I will probably place poorly in!

I will be sure to get an update up on Sunday to let you all know how Rem does on his first outing since the horse fair!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Another weekend gone

Weekends are never long enough... I am looking forward to the 4th of July, that's a Friday and it will be a 3 day weekend!

I got to ride Remington tonight. He was very well behaved and after working hard to keep him loping to the left he actually caught on and started to go without much help from me when we went to the right. I was happy with that and didn't ask for much more because it was pretty hot out.

On Thursday I was sad to learn of the passing of one of the Midwest Mustang Challenge horses. Cheveyo, trained by Mike Cross was euthanized after finding tumors in his stomach during colic surgery. It's hard to believe that things like this can happen to young, seemingly healthy horses. Just one more reason to hug your horse and not take for granted the time we have with them.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

If it isn't snow, it's rain...

That's what keeps me from riding...

The arena was dried up today after a weekend full of rain. Remington hasn't been ridden since...well, since I don't know when! Some time last week. So, I was glad to saddle him up and take him for a spin. I am trying to build up his endurance so I can work him for longer periods of time, but it's difficult when I only get to ride once a week because it rains for days on end!!

He was pretty lazy today and after about 10 minutes of trotting he wanted to call it quits. So when I asked for the lope he obliged for about 10 strides and then pooped out on me... I think I know how Kent Desormeaux felt when he kept asking Big Brown for more speed and instead all he got was deceleration!! Okay... maybe that's not exactly what it felt like.

I had to give Remington a big whomp with both legs and that got his attention... so much that he took off bucking! Just what I wanted, he is easy enough to control when he has those fits though, so I just disengaged his hindquarters and asked for the lope again. He decided he'd better get to work and was at least easier to keep going. When I would start to feel him quit I would threaten him with another whomp, but I thought twice about it, and he got the picture, so no more bucking ensued. I wonder if I need to bring those spurs out again...

Anyway, Aubrey was out taking photos for me. After the bucking fit I asked if she got any shots of it and she said she was too busy watching to take pictures.... Sheesh... I am always sure to get good shots of Aubrey when her horses misbehave, why can't she get some of mine being naughty??

And after seeing these photos I've come to the conclusion that I need to go on a diet!!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008